Summers and Bernanke
What’s ailing them?
Is it this looming demographic reality that has so many older white guys insecure? Do they feel the evolutionary threat to centuries of their dominance? Are they clinging to their inherited beliefs? Do they think that the Mayflower and Ellis Island were symbols of a rights of passage that gave them dominion over all? Do they actually believe they are best suited to lead. To maintain their status quo?
More than ten million white people can trace part of their ancestry back to the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 and over 35 million whites have at least one ancestor who passed through the Ellis Island immigration station, which processed arriving immigrants from 1892 until 1954.
Are the descendants of the immigrant white men who tamed the Wild, Wild West – slaughtering millions of indigenous people – now afraid of losing control to the new immigrants? Are they so frightened that they would elect any cowboy as sheriff or mythical Moses to try and make the promise land great again? Is it possible that just about anyone could come down from the mountain (or his Fifth Avenue gold tower) and say, “Only I can do it … Believe me.” And, presto, the spiritual flame of white entitlement would once again burn across the land.
We want someone who can help us rebel against our problems and lead us into the Promised Land. – Clotaire Rapaille
Ancestry, inheritance, royal lineage and racism create in human beings a narcissistic, self-deluded sense of entitlement and a fierce defense of the status quo. It has spawned genocide and wars since time began. So after 500 years of unprecedented growth in America, do the descendants of the original white immigrants see this fractional period of time in history as a last stand? (We know what happened to Custer).
Donald Trump has poked the bear and hit older white guys over the head with a blunt force object – fear. And fear raises one of two innate human responses: Fight or flight. And since there’s no place to run to, millions of older, white guys are fighting, not for Donald Trump, but against the unknown, untried, unimaginable – an America that is not predominantly white, Christian, heterosexual and led by good ol’white boys.
Fear trumps whatever comes second
The long slide of white, male supremacy into marginalized insecurity has generated a typical human reaction – worry, fear, anger. But that should not translate into myopia, desperation and stupidity. How, when Trump’s flaws, failings and, yes, stupidity, are so obvious, so glaring, so frightening, can smart white guys support him? How can a decision to vote “anybody but Clinton” be intelligently rationalized?
If they simply ask the right question perhaps they’ll have a better chance of coming up with a better answer. Ask this:
As good, staunch, smart – wise – people, why would it not be better to “let” Clinton win and focus on running the right Republican candidate in 2020, one who can create a big tent and tap into a populous movement that includes older white guys, a leader who is much smarter, more stable and a quintessential leader for the majority of Americans? Someone who is the opposite of the divisive, deluded, dysfunctional, dangerous Donald Trump?
Or perhaps they have a better question?